Booking Through Thursday, 14 January

Today’s questioned was suuggested by Prairie Progressive:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

This question I hope, means I am not alone. No, I do not read the inside flap nor do I read the back. I feel both give too much away and I want to experience the book for myself, rather than having some notion of what is going to unfold.

Anyone can play along each Thursday with Booking Through Thursday.


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  1. A completely different response than mine but you really got me thinking!

  2. Midday Escapades says:

    That's a good point you make. I actually read both before I read the book.

    Visiting from SITS. I'm also glad Friday is almost here. Glad your long week is getting much shorter. :0)

  3. Your answer is similar to mine!

  4. I do both. We should all try it the other way than our norm!

  5. I don't think flap gives too much information…so I read them all time.

    I am a book-stopper, meaning I'll quit reading books in middle if I find them boring…so the summary on flap/back is my 1st guidance to decide is it my kind of book or not

  6. very different from me- but it's interesting to know. i like to have a little info going in personally. i love your blog by the way and i'm going to follow you & come back! :-)

  7. Wow, that's definitely unique to me! So how do you know if you're going to want to read a book? :) I just finished my review of The Last Dickens at The Crowded Leaf if you're interested!

  8. Alayne,
    Excellent question. I chose my books by a variety of means, authors, genres, word of mouth recommendations, Independent Booksellers suggestions, etc. Somehow I always have more than enough books to read and many turn out to be wonderful gems I may not have otherwise discovered.

  9. I usually like to know at least a little bit about a book before I give it a try. So I do read the jacket flaps sometimes. But I rely heavily on recommendations from other bloggers, too.

  10. I always do… :) :)

  11. Oh wow, not reading the flap or blurb? I could not do that.. Thnx for your comment on my blog. I see you are a knitter too :) Nice!

  12. Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings says:

    Really, how do you buy a book then? I do buy books for their covers but most of the time I read the blurb unless I'm buying it based on book reviews. You are right though, sometimes the blurbs give too much away.

  13. I usually read them! ;)

  14. I don't consider that spoiling though. Here is mine

  15. That's what I do with theatre reviews (I won't read them until after I have seen the play), but not, somehow, with books – even though I try to protect myself from too much plot information!

  16. I'm a flapper, but if I sense there's a spoiler coming on (especially the introduction page), then I'll skip them.

  17. I've never thought about not reading the flap or back of the book before I start reading it. Looks like a few agree with you though :) Maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

  18. Wow I am so impressed with your ability to resist the urge to sneak a peak at what might happen!

  19. Interesting response! Like the others, I was also wondering how you decide which book to read. I somehow cannot resist reading the flap. I almost feel like I am jumping into uncertain waters. LOL